Project: Germany

Categories: German Roots | German Roots Project | Ethnic Roots Projects | German Projects

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Germany/German Roots Project
Herzlich willkommen!
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Welcome to the Germany Project! This project is for those who have German heritage, live in Germany, or have a special interest in German history.



Our mission is to make information related to Germany and our German Roots more accessible for all. We hope that this will help facilitate collaboration among members, particularly between people living in Germany and family history researchers with German Roots from around the entire world.

We encourage those with German heritage, and people living in Germany, to participate and add records for your extended family who lived in Germany (or previously German/Prussian regions).

How to Join

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Membership Requirements

  • Membership is open to all WikiTree members who have:
  1. signed WikiTree's Honor Code
  2. been an active member of WikiTree for at least 90 days
  3. made at least 100 contributions to our shared tree
  • New members are encouraged to join one of our Teams (regional, functional, migrational, etc. See below).
  • Members are encouraged to join our Google Group. This is the place where our project members communicate and updates are posted. Follow this link to request to join: Germany Google group. Important: Please provide your name and WikiTree ID with the request so we know who you are!

List of Members Interests

  • Add your name and research interests to the list of members' interests HERE.
  • Do you own a German Family Book (Familienbuch) in which you'd be willing to do look-ups? Add your name and the name of the book(s) you have to the list here: Familienbücher: German Family Books

Member Check-Ins

Members are required to respond to semi-annual (April and October) check-ins with a project leader. We will send you an email (and a couple reminders if we don't get a quick response). Your answer can be a simple "Yes" or "No" or you can send us your detailed interests and/or suggestions on how to improve the project. Respond with as much information as you want to share - we love hearing from our members!
Because this project has a very large membership roster, we need your response to keep our records up-to-date. If we don't get your response at check-in time and you're removed as a project member, please don't be offended ... you're welcome to rejoin at any time.

Map Yourself

This is just for fun ... add your location to the Germany Project Members map HERE. See this post for instructions: 6/13/21 Google Group Post.

Project Goals

The Germany Project's objective is to increase German membership on WikiTree and to collaborate effectively and multi-lingually. We want to ensure all project content is offered in both German and English translations and we are in the process of translating every WikiTree Help page into German. See the progress we've made: HERE.

The Project also aims to compile an extensive list of online resources and research tools that people can use to find information on their German families.

We encourage collaboration, teamwork, and helping each other. We are here to:

  • Promote and facilitate German genealogical research
  • Encourage the creation of new teams that cover the interests of our members
  • Encourage collaboration between Germany-based users and people from around the world with German roots

Task Lists

Member Task List

  1. Add sourced profiles for your German family, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplicates. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. Add sources to any unsourced profiles, searching out original rather than derivative documentation.
  3. Connect your profiles to WikiTree's shared global family tree.
  4. Check for suggestions and fix database errors on the profiles you work on.
  5. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  6. Add a German Roots sticker to German profiles. Copy and paste this coding: {{German Roots Sticker}} and add it directly below the profile's Biography heading.
  7. Add any relevant categories to the profile.
  8. Contact one of the project leaders to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect the profiles from incorrect merges or changes to relationships.
  9. Collaborate in G2G, in our Google Group and with our Teams (listed below) and add new resources to assist the WikiTree community in finding German records.
  10. Work with the Global Cemeteries Project to ensure cemeteries in Germany are photographed and records added to WikiTree.

Project Task List

Contact a project leader if you're interested in helping with any of the following:
  • Update and maintain our German Roots Project Resources
  • Expand German Roots Project Reliable Sources page, or combine with German Roots Project Resources, above.
  • Develop category guidelines and overhaul existing categories, including expanding categories for Germans of Russia and Black Sea Germans
  • Add historical location categories (will need to collaborate with other European projects and teams). This is a massive project that will take a considerable amount of time.
  • Create stickers for remaining subprojects (i.e. Black Sea Germans) - only Prussia and Volga Germans have stickers as of Apr 2021
  • IN PROGRESS - Develop pages for German place name history (in development by Dieter Lewerenz 2021)
    • Maybe add a regions subteam: "GeoHistory" or similar to work on categorization?
  • Expand German Genealogy Research: Beginners Guide and consider developing a Germany orphan trail team
  • Follow-up on Germany Project Ideas Proposal Page
  • Add an AUSTRIA team, subproject or new project?? Austria FSP added Global Project 7/1/2021.
  • DONE! Develop a monthly or quarterly newsletter for publication on G2G (Traci doing)
  • DONE! Develop a page for German naming conventions and usage in WikiTree datafields - guidelines posted for approval on G2G 12 June 2021
  • DONE! Develop a page for German location fields and usage in WikiTree datafields - guidelines posted on G2G 13 June 2021
  • DONE! Prussia team renewal - launched 15 May 2021!
  • DONE! Expand parameters on German Roots Sticker to include 16 regions with corresponding flags and categories - added 12 April 2021 - Regions Stickers

Project Managed Profiles

See this page for information on which profiles the Germany Project manages and/or project-protects.


The Germany project has many stickers and templates available to be used on profiles.

See the Germany Project Templates Page for more details.

Project Team Pages

The Germany project is split into sub-projects and teams to facilitate collaboration and member participation. You must be a project member to join these teams.


  • Germany Regions Team has subteams for each of the 16 German states: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, and Thuringia.


  • Germany Profile Improvement Team - If you like to add sources, build biographies, fix errors, or connect profiles to the global tree, this is the team for you! This team includes four subteams: Connectors, Soucerers, Data Doctors and our Managed Profiles Team. Our Managed Profiles Team works on project-managed and 5-Star profiles (those with over 1000 views) and includes profiles of medieval, noble/aristocratic, and notable Germans. See the list of our project-managed profiles HERE.
  • Germany Project Translation Team - translators dedicated to helping translate WikiTree Help pages into German and also offering translation assistance to other WikiTreers. See a list of the translated WikiTree Help pages HERE.


  • Prussia Team: Prussia was a German kingdom from 1701-1918 and was the driving force behind the unification of Germany in 1871.
    • Prussian Settlement in Australia - German Australians team page. Germans have been in Australia since European settlement commenced in 1788. This project focuses on German emigrants and is run by the Australia Project. Membership in the Germany Projct is optional.
  • Alsace Lorraine: The Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine was a territory created by the German Empire in 1871 after it annexed most of Alsace and the Moselle department of Lorraine following its victory in the Franco-Prussian War.
  • Baltic-German Team: The Baltic-Germans (Deutsch-Balten) are a German-speaking minority from the historic regions of Estland, Livland, and Kurland (collectively known in German as the Ostseeprovinzen), now part of modern-day Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


  • Gottschee: Gottschee refers to a former German-speaking region of Lower Carniola, now in Slovenia. The region has been a county, duchy, district, and municipality during various parts of its history. The term often also refers to the entire ethnolinguistic area regardless of administrative borders.
  • Markham Berczy Settlers: adding the 64 German families who arrived in Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1794 with William Berczy and settled in Markham Township.

Special Interest

  • Germans of Russia Team: focus on the Germans who lived in Russia, and their descendants, including the many that emigrated to Canada, the United States, and South America (often called “Germans from Russia”). While in Russia they lived largely in all-German villages focused primarily on agriculture, retaining their German language, religion and culture. Germans of Russia sub-teams include:
  • Volga Germans: Ethnic Germans who colonized and historically lived along the Volga River in the region of southeastern European Russia around Saratov and to the south. Recruited as immigrants to Russia in the 18th century, they were allowed to maintain their German culture, language, traditions and churches (Lutheran, Reformed, Catholics, Moravians and Mennonites). In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Volga Germans emigrated to Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, California, Washington and other states across the western United States, as well as to Canada and South America (mainly Argentina and Brazil).
  • Volhynia: Historic region in Central and Eastern Europe, situated between south-eastern Poland, south-western Belarus, and western Ukraine. While the borders of the region are not clearly defined, the territory that still carries the name is Volyn Oblast, located in western Ukraine.
  • Black Sea Germans: Ethnic Germans who left their homelands starting in the late 18th century, but principally in the early 19th century at the behest of Emperor Alexander I of Russia, and settled in territories off the north coast of the Black Sea, mostly in the territories of the southern Russian Empire (including modern-day Ukraine).
  • Donauschwaben: The Donauschwaben and Banater Swabians are German-speaking people who settled in and around the Danube River in southeastern and central Europe in several waves through the 18th and 19th centuries. The Austro-Hungarian Empire, having taken much of the area back from the Ottoman Empire, actively recruited subjects to colonize the neglected lands and make them arable and profitable, and not incidentally, to defend them against Ottoman raids. It's estimated that around one million ethnic Germans lived in these regions before WWII.

Proposed Sub-Projects and Team Ideas

If you have an idea for a team that isn't already covered above then you can suggest it on the Germany Project Ideas Proposal Page or add your name to an idea already listed.


Project Resources


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External Resources

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Reviewed: Thiessen-117 31 Jan 2021
Last updated by Traci Thiessen: 12 Jul 2021
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